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From 1970 to 1976, Cincinnati’s “Big Red Machine” averaged 98 wins per season and won four pennants and two World Series titles (1975 and 1976). The 1976 team featured the “Great Eight” starting position players of Johnny Bench, Pete Rose, Joe Morgan, Tony Perez, Dave Concepcion, George Foster, Ken Griffey and Cesar Geronimo. Some consider that lineup to be the best lineup ever. When the “Great Eight” started together, the team had a .784 winning percentage.

From 1970 to 1976, Cincinnati’s “Big Red Machine” averaged 98 wins per season and won four pennants and two World Series titles (1975 and 1976). The 1976 team featured the “Great Eight” starting position players of Johnny Bench, Pete Rose, Joe Morgan, Tony Perez, Dave Concepcion, George Foster, Ken Griffey and Cesar Geronimo. Some consider that lineup to be the best lineup ever. When the “Great Eight” started together, the team had a .784 winning percentage.

Cincinnati’s Big Red Machine - Johnny Bench, Ken Griffey Sr., Pete Rose, Joe Morgan, Tony Perez, George Foster, Cesar Geronimo and David Concepcion - stand above an inflated All-Star ballot before a 1976 game. (Courtesy of Cincinnati Reds)

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Cincinnati’s Big Red Machine - Johnny Bench, Ken Griffey Sr., Pete Rose, Joe Morgan, Tony Perez, George Foster, Cesar Geronimo and David Concepcion - stand above an inflated All-Star ballot before a 1976 game. (Courtesy of Cincinnati Reds)
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Reds manager Dusty Baker is smiling today after his Reds took a commanding 2-0 series lead over the Giants after Sunday’s 9-0 victory. Cincinnati returns home needing to win just one of three games to advance to the NLCS. (Brad Mangin/SI)

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Reds manager Dusty Baker is smiling today after his Reds took a commanding 2-0 series lead over the Giants after Sunday’s 9-0 victory. Cincinnati returns home needing to win just one of three games to advance to the NLCS. (Brad Mangin/SI)
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Sparky Anderson celebrates with his players after the Reds defeated the Red Sox in Game 7 of the 1975 World Series. Cincinnati is currently ranked No. 3 in SI.com’s latest MLB Power Rankings. (Heinz Kluetmeier/SI)

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Sparky Anderson celebrates with his players after the Reds defeated the Red Sox in Game 7 of the 1975 World Series. Cincinnati is currently ranked No. 3 in SI.com’s latest MLB Power Rankings. (Heinz Kluetmeier/SI)
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On this day in 1990, Ken Griffey and Ken Griffey Jr. become the first father and son to play in the same major league lineup. The 40-year old left fielder and his 20-year old offspring both score a run in Mariners’ 5-2 victory over the Royals at the Kingdome. Junior would go onto score 1,661 more runs over his 22-year career, to go along with his 630 career home runs and 1,836 RBIs. (VJ Lovero/SI)

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On this day in 1990, Ken Griffey and Ken Griffey Jr. become the first father and son to play in the same major league lineup. The 40-year old left fielder and his 20-year old offspring both score a run in Mariners’ 5-2 victory over the Royals at the Kingdome. Junior would go onto score 1,661 more runs over his 22-year career, to go along with his 630 career home runs and 1,836 RBIs. (VJ Lovero/SI)
GALLERY: Ken Griffey Jr. Through the Years | Griffey Covers

Pete Rose, SI’s 1975 Sportsman of the Year, poses for during the issue’s cover shoot. (Lane Stewart/SI)

SI VAULT: Pete Rose wins 1975 Sportsman of the Year (12.22.75)

Pete Rose, SI’s 1975 Sportsman of the Year, poses for during the issue’s cover shoot. (Lane Stewart/SI)
SI VAULT: Pete Rose wins 1975 Sportsman of the Year (12.22.75)

Reds first baseman Joey Votto poses in a secluded part of Great American Ballpark for a 2010 SI photo shoot. SI’s Tom Verducci says the title of “best hitter in baseball” is up for grabs and Votto’s name should be a big part of that conversation. (Al Tielemans/SI)

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Reds first baseman Joey Votto poses in a secluded part of Great American Ballpark for a 2010 SI photo shoot. SI’s Tom Verducci says the title of “best hitter in baseball” is up for grabs and Votto’s name should be a big part of that conversation. (Al Tielemans/SI)
VERDUCCI: Has Votto become the best hitter in baseball?REITER: The majors’ most underappreciated slugger

Reds manager Sparky Anderson celebrates in the locker room after defeating the Red Sox to win the 1975 World Series. If the Reds are to reach another World Series, they’ll need Jay Bruce to continue swinging a hot bat. As SI’s Joe Lemire writes, Bruce is strictly adhering to a daily routine for the first time in his career and thinks it will help him stay consistent throughout the season. (Heinz Kluetmeier/SI)

LEMIRE: Streaky Bruce trying to find consistency for Reds
SI VAULT: Reds win memorable World Series (11.3.75)

Reds manager Sparky Anderson celebrates in the locker room after defeating the Red Sox to win the 1975 World Series. If the Reds are to reach another World Series, they’ll need Jay Bruce to continue swinging a hot bat. As SI’s Joe Lemire writes, Bruce is strictly adhering to a daily routine for the first time in his career and thinks it will help him stay consistent throughout the season. (Heinz Kluetmeier/SI)
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Pete Rose dives into third base during a 1975 game between the Cubs and Reds. (Heinz Kluetmeier/SI)

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Pete Rose dives into third base during a 1975 game between the Cubs and Reds. (Heinz Kluetmeier/SI)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Pete Rose

On this day in 1989, SI posted this cover story on Pete Rose that detailed his gambling on baseball games. The then-Reds manager would eventually receive a lifetime ban from baseball for wagering on games he was managing. (Chuck Solomon/SI)

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On this day in 1989, SI posted this cover story on Pete Rose that detailed his gambling on baseball games. The then-Reds manager would eventually receive a lifetime ban from baseball for wagering on games he was managing. (Chuck Solomon/SI)
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Reds owner Marge Schott with pets her dog Schottzie during a 1990 SI photo shoot in her Riverfront Stadium office. (David Walberg/SI)

SI VAULT: Reds new owner loved by people of Cincinnati (7.15.85)
SI VAULT: Marge Schott’s spiteful words and witless deeds (5.20.96)

Reds owner Marge Schott with pets her dog Schottzie during a 1990 SI photo shoot in her Riverfront Stadium office. (David Walberg/SI)
SI VAULT: Reds new owner loved by people of Cincinnati (7.15.85)SI VAULT: Marge Schott’s spiteful words and witless deeds (5.20.96)

Reds 1B Joey Votto is greeted by his teammates before a April 2011 game against Cardinals. SI.com’s Joe Sheehan predicts Cincinnati will win the 2012 World Series. Check out the rest of his predictions below. (Al Tielemans/SI)

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Reds 1B Joey Votto is greeted by his teammates before a April 2011 game against Cardinals. SI.com’s Joe Sheehan predicts Cincinnati will win the 2012 World Series. Check out the rest of his predictions below. (Al Tielemans/SI)
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Cincinnati celebrates after defeating Oakland in the 1990 World Series. The Reds haven’t won a World Series since this photo was taken but are hoping the addition of Mat Latos to the bullpen can help their chances at a title. (Richard Mackson/SI)

LEMIRE: Reds show they’re being aggresive with trade for Latos

Cincinnati celebrates after defeating Oakland in the 1990 World Series. The Reds haven’t won a World Series since this photo was taken but are hoping the addition of Mat Latos to the bullpen can help their chances at a title. (Richard Mackson/SI)
LEMIRE: Reds show they’re being aggresive with trade for Latos

On this day in 1975, Red Sox catcher Carton Fisk hit one of the most dramatic home runs in baseball history. In the bottom of the 12th inning of Game 6 of the World Series, Fisk hit a long drive that appeared to be heading to foul territory. As he ran to first base, the catcher jumped and waved at the ball to remain fair. The ball obliged, hitting the foul pole and giving the Red Sox a memorable win. Unfortunately for Boston fans, the Reds went onto win the Series, four games to three. (AP)

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REITER: Rangers rediscover their identity just in time
VIDEO: Game Highlights | Both managers under microscope

On this day in 1975, Red Sox catcher Carton Fisk hit one of the most dramatic home runs in baseball history. In the bottom of the 12th inning of Game 6 of the World Series, Fisk hit a long drive that appeared to be heading to foul territory. As he ran to first base, the catcher jumped and waved at the ball to remain fair. The ball obliged, hitting the foul pole and giving the Red Sox a memorable win. Unfortunately for Boston fans, the Reds went onto win the Series, four games to three. (AP)
VERDUCCI: LaRussa, Pujols stumble as Rangers beat CardinalsREITER: Rangers rediscover their identity just in timeVIDEO: Game Highlights | Both managers under microscope